Important | MTN USSD Codes for South Africans
What is a USSD?
USSD stands for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data. It is a protocol used by the Global System for Mobile cellphones to send text messages. USSD codes are supported by all handsets and require no internet connection.
What are USSDs used for?
USSD codes allow you to access various services such as access the master menu, and make SMS and data balance enquiries. Normally, they start with *, followed by numerical digits and end with #. By following this sequence and pressing the call button, you call up a specific action.
Are you charged when using an MTN USSD?
Most MTN USSD codes in South Africa are Zero-rated. There are, however, other MTN USSD strings that are charged from your airtime.
Key to remember about MTN USSDs is that an interactive screen menu lasts only for 30 seconds. If the 30 seconds lapse before you make a choice, you receive a time out.
The main limitation with the use of USSDs is that you have to remember what each is used for.
The list below is meant to help you stay up to date with the most important MTN USSD codes in South Africa; the services they allow you access and the cost associated with each of them.
For ease of reference we have categorized the codes as follows:
General Use Codes
|*136*0#||Free||Access the master menu|
|*123#||Free||Set up your phone|
|*#06#||Free||Check your device’s IMEI number|
|136*4*#||Free||Price plan migration|
|**05*||Unblock your MTN Contract cellphone (dial **05*PUK number*New PIN code* then repeat new PIN code#)|
Balance enquiry codes
|Dial 136||Free||Updates on remaining Airtime, SMS and Data|
|*136#||Free||For summary balance|
|*136*1#||Free||For a detailed balance|
Data and SMS Codes
|*136*2#||Free||Buy SMS or data bundle|
|136*5#||Free||Cancel your SMs or data purchase.|
|*136*3#||Free||Buy or transfer SMS and data.|
|*136*0#||Free||Manage your bundles and subscriptions on your cellphone.|
|*121*(number)#||Free||SMS someone to call you when you’re out of airtime (e.g., *121*083 123 4567#).|
|*120*2272#||Free||Buy Airtime or Data Bundles through ABSA|
|*120*3279#||Free||Buy Airtime or Data Bundles through Capitec|
|*120*321#||Free||Buy Airtime or Data Bundles through FNB|
|*120*001#||Free||Buy Airtime or Data Bundles through NedBank|
|*120*2345#||Free||Buy Airtime or Data Bundles through Standard Bank|
Call divert codes
|**61*(number diverting to) #||R9.99 per month||Call diverting|
|##61#||R9.99 per month||Cancel all call diverting.|
|*136*2#||Free||Access all voice, SMS, data and promotional bundles.|
|*136*9#||Free||Register for the MTN 1-4-1 Loyalty programme and claim, spend and check points|
International calls codes
|*135*2#||Free||Check international calling rates|
|*135#||Free||International Voicemail Retrieval|
Directory Enquiry code
|*200#||R2 per successful request||MTN Directory Enquiries|
All USSD shortcodes compiled from the MTN website